Yen Press’ Announcements at Anime Expo 2022

Yen Press announced at its Anime Expo 2022 panel that it has acquired 15 titles set for compiled volume releases and omnibus releases.

Title: Fruits Basket Another Volume 4
Creator: Natsuki Takaya
Summary: With secrets revealed and confrontations resolved, no obstacles remain in the budding romance between Shiki and Sawa—or do they? During the Sohma’s annual fall picnic, the hidden feelings of the mysterious, stoic heir are unveiled as the final chapter closes on the next generation of the Sohma family. Plus, enjoy the antics of the Three Musketeers as well as bonus comics drawn by Natsuki Takaya for the anime, printed in English for the first time.

Title: Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World manga
Creators: Shinta Fuji (story), Masaki Kawakami (art), Susumu Kuroi (character design)
Summary: Veteran adventurer Nick’s life is falling apart. Despite all the knowledge and expertise he’s devoted to his adventuring party, his respected leader kicked him out, his girlfriend dumped him, and his teammates shamelessly accused him of embezzlement. Tired, heartbroken, and looking for a drink, Nick chances upon a few kindred spirits who are jaded as he is. Together, these disillusioned adventurers form an unstoppable team out to save their bleak, depressing world.

Title: Your Forma manga
Creators: Mareho Kikuishi (story), Yoshinori Kisaragi (art), Tsubata Nozaki (character design)
Summary: In an alternate near future, the Your Forma, a miraculous “smart thread” technology initially developed to treat a massive outbreak of viral encephalitis, has become an integral part of daily life. But these convenient devices also record every sight, sound, and emotion their users experience.

For Electronic Investigator Echika Hieda, diving into peoples’ memories via the Your Forma and hunting for evidence is all part of a day’s work. The problem is, she’s so adept at what she does that her assistants literally fry their brains trying to keep up with her. After putting one too many aides in the hospital, the top brass finally furnish Echika with a partner on her level, a brilliant yet cheeky android named Harold Lucraft. But can Echika put her prejudices against robots aside to solve the most complex case of her career?

Title: Puella Magi Oriko Magica manga omnibus
Creators: Magica Quartet (story), Kuroe Mura (art)
Summary: Oriko, a magical girl with the gift of foresight, knows the fate that awaits all who accept Kyubey’s offer of supernatural powers. But when she is struck with a terrible vision of the future—of the devastation caused by a single, powerful witch—she decides to prevent that witch from becoming a magical girl in the first place. Instead, Oriko directs Kyubey to Yuma, an orphan who is all too eager to gain powers that will enable her to protect herself—powers that will ultimately lead to her own destruction.

Title: K-ON! The Complete Omnibus Collection
Creator: kakifly
Summary: An omnibus collection of the manga classic that inspired the beloved anime series by Kyoto Animation. When their high school’s pop-music club is about to be disbanded due to lack of interest, four girls step up to fill the membership quota. Unfortunately, lead guitarist Yui Hirasawa has never played an instrument in her life. Ever. And although she likes the idea of being in a band, standing in front of the mirror posing with her guitar is a lot easier than actually playing it. It’s gonna be a while before this motley crew is rocking out, but with their spunk and determination cranked to 11, anything is possible.

Title: K-ON! Shuffle manga
Creator: kakifly
Summary: There was once a high school band whose pop songs warmed and thrilled the hearts of all who listened. Now, three girls have been inspired to start a light music club of their own, but will things turn out like they hope? It’s a new generation of slice-of-life hijinks from kakifly, the original author of K-ON!

Title: Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Memorial Fan Book
Creator: Natsume Akatsuki
Summary: This book is not for the faint of heart. This explooosive compendium of Konosuba content is a must-have for isekai hopefuls, collectors, and diehard fans of Natsume Akatsuki’s isekai adventure comedy masterpiece. Every character, every joke, every spin-off has been faithfully represented and acknowledged in this full-color love letter to Konosuba enjoyers worldwide. And the fun doesn’t end there. Exclusive art, interviews, and a special short story are just a few of the extra goodies featured within. If you consider yourself the ultimate Konosuba enthusiast, or if you’re just getting into the series and feel like having a handy reference tool, this gorgeous art book will be right at home on your shelf.

Title: The Opportunistic Princess Has All the Answers light novel
Creator: Mamecyoro
Summary: Stepping into the world of your favorite book might sound like a dream come true, but for Maki Tazawa, this very opportunity presents a unique challenge. A passionate lover of BL novels in her previous life, Maki now gets to spend her days as princess Octavia and enjoy the company of her favorite fictional couple—her brother, the crown prince Sirius, and his lover Lord Sil. But two men can’t produce an heir. As the story goes, in order to solve the problem of succession, Princess Octavia agrees to a political marriage and offers up her own child to the throne. But this Octavia can’t accept such an unfair fate. So what if she lives in a BL novel? Her OTP achieved true love and she’s determined to do the same.

Title: I’m Quitting Heroing manga
Creators: Quantum (story), Nori Kazato (art), Hana Amano (character design)
Summary: After saving the world from the Demon Lord, the Hero, Leo, discovers that there isn’t a place for him in it anymore. The incredible strength that made him humanity’s greatest asset during the war is just a terrifying threat in times of peace, and he soon finds himself shunned from human society. But if the forces of good won’t have him, that means it’s time for him to apply elsewhere—for a job with his former enemy, the Demon Lord’s Army.

Title: Pandora Seven manga
Creator: Yuta Kayashima
Summary: “I wish I could meet other humans.” That is the secret wish of Ria Frontier, who grew up as the sole human amid a veritable melting pot of other fantastical races on a small island. As she prepares to celebrate the turn of the thousand-year cycle, that wish is granted—in the form of a war party of humans that arrives on a flying ship to ransack her home and hurt her friends and adoptive family in search of “Pandora’s Box.” Pushed too far by the cruelty of her race, Ria somehow manages to unseal the terrible power of what the humans have been looking for, unleashing a tragedy that will change her life forever.

Title: Shy manga
Creator: Miki Bukimi
Summary: Earth was on the brink of a third World War when super-powered individuals came forth from each country around the globe, ending the conflict and ushering in a new era of relative peace. Among those heroes, Japan is represented by a timid young girl known as “Shy.” She may spend more time worrying about her own shortcomings than she does battling villains, but she’ll show the world that despite it all she still has the heart of a hero.

Title: Even If This Love Disappears from the World Tonight novel
Creator: Ichijo Misaki
Summary: When Toru Kamiya is pushed into falsely confessing his love to Maori Hino, she tells him she’ll date him on three conditions. 1) Don’t talk to her until after school. 2) Keep any communication between them concise. 3) Don’t really fall in love. Unfortunately, he isn’t able to keep the last rule—and when he tells her how he feels, she reveals that she has an illness that prevents her from remembering anything that happened the previous day, and that she uses a diary to keep track. But Toru is determined to build a relationship with her, one day at a time.

Title: Honey Lemon Soda manga
Creator: Mayu Murata
Summary: Middle school left Uka Ishimori with nothing but scars—to the point where she’s forgotten how to laugh or cry or even say “hello.” But a chance reencounter with a boy with lemon-colored hair invigorates her, giving her hope that maybe, just maybe, life can be that much sweeter if she finally reaches out for help.

Title: Doomsday With My Dog manga
Creator: Yū Ishihara
Summary: A single teenage girl journeys through the crumbling ruins of civilization, a concrete jungle that has outlived mankind. However, just because she’s the last woman on earth doesn’t mean she’s alone. She’s accompanied by her dog Haru, an adorable and quick-witted shiba inu who will gladly lend his wisdom to his human companion. With such a pleasant conversation partner to keep the post-apocalyptic doldrums at bay, the end of the world might not be so bad after all.

Title: [Oshi no Ko] manga
Creators: Aka Akasaka (story), Mengo Yokoyari (art)
Summary: Gorou is a gynecologist and idol fan who’s in shock after his favorite star, Ai, announces an impromptu hiatus. Little does Gorou realize that he’s about to forge a bond with her that defies all common sense. Lies are an idol’s greatest weapon in this outrageous manga from Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Host a Fruits Basket -prelude- Twitter Spaces Event

Crunchyroll has announced that it will host a special Twitter Spaces event with some of the English dub cast and crew for the Fruits Basket -prelude- anime film on June 21, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. PDT. The cast and crew members include Caitlin Glass (ADR Director), Bonnie Clickenbeard (Script Writer), Jerry Jewell (English voice of Kyo) and J. Michael Tatum (English voice of Katsuya Honda), and they will chat about the upcoming film and its production.

You can send in questions on Twitter using the hashtag #FruitsBasketpreludeSpaces for a chance for the cast to answer on stream.

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll to Release the Fruits Basket -prelude- Anime Film in Theaters in Summer 2022

Crunchyroll has announced that the Fruits Basket -prelude- anime film is coming to theaters. The special event film will be distributed by Crunchyroll, with select movie theaters in the United States and Canada screening the film in both subtitle and dub formats on June 25, 28 and 29, 2022. The film will also release in the United Kingdom, with the dubbed version only, on July 20, 2022.

The film is described as:

Before there was Tohru and Kyo – there was Katsuya and Kyoko. Discover the turbulent beginning of Tohru’s mom’s dark past, and the man who breathed new hope into her. Watch the evolution of their love story and the birth of the Honda family, as this chapter completes the full adaptation of the heartwarming Fruits Basket story.

Based on the original Fruits Basket manga written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket -prelude- is directed by Yoshihide Ibata, screenplay by Taku Kishimoto, character design by Masaru Shindo, with animation production by TMS Entertainment and 8PAN.

Source: Crunchyroll

Fruits Basket Stage Play to Stream Worldwide With English Subtitles

Avex Pictures has announced that it is going to stream an archive of the upcoming livestream of the stage play of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga worldwide with English subtitles on March 24, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. PDT. Tickets for the stream are available now.

The stage play is running from March 4-13, 2022 at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo. Nobuhiro Mōri wrote the play and is the executive producer, and Tarō Hasegawa directed the play.

Source: ANN

Fruits Basket Anime to Get a Compilation Film in February 2022

The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga has announced that the anime will get a compilation film titled Fruits Basket -prelude- that will open in Japanese theaters on February 18, 2022. The film will include the previously announced Kyо̄ko and Katsuya’s Story anime that will center on the backstory of Tohru’s parents Kyо̄ko and Katsuya, which the 2019-2021 series did not adapt. The film will also include new scenes — written specifically for the film by Takaya — depicting events from after the television anime’s story.

The 2019-2021 television anime’s main staff at TMS Entertainment and main cast are returning for the film.

The three seasons of the Fruits Basket reboot anime adapted Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga. The adaptation has an entirely new Japanese cast and staff from the previous version, as per Takaya’s request. The anime covers the entire manga’s story.

Source: ANN

My Favorite Anime Doctors

I know it’s been a while since I last posted a list, but the topic of this list is very appropriate for what’s happening in my life right now. On the day this list is posted, my youngest child is scheduled to have spinal surgery for scoliosis, and I’ll be spending a few days in the hospital with her as part of her care team. So, it felt appropriate to celebrate anime doctors.

This is not a ranked list, however. It’s just a listing of the doctors that have stood out to me from anime that I have watched.

Dr. Marcoh

Dr. Marcoh is from Fullmetal Alchemist, and he used to be known as the Crystal Alchemist. He was the leading researcher in the military’s Philosopher’s Stone creation project. He is a kind man but suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and extreme guilt for the actions he took during the Ishvalan war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Ishvalans. Marcoh deeply cares for others and is patient and forgiving of others… even if he is unable to forgive himself. While Dr. Marcoh may not be able to use his alchemy for combat, he is able to use it for healing. He is also very skilled in medicine.

Dr. Sado (aka Dr. Sane)

In the original Space Battleship Yamato series, Dr. Sado (aka Dr. Sane in Star Blazers) was more of a comedic character that was known for his alcohol consumption, although he had his moments of seriousness, especially when it came to Captain Okita (aka Captain Avatar). In the Space Battleship Yamato reboot, he still drinks his sake, but Dr. Sado is portrayed as a respected surgeon. As the Yamato‘s medical officer, Dr. Sado does a great job of keeping the crew healthy and caring for Captain Okita as he fell ill during the voyage to Iscandar.

Hatori Soma

Hatori Soma is part of the cursed Soma clan in Fruits Basket, and he is one of the family members with the zodiac curse. While part of his job is to wipe the memories of people outside of the family who have seen or know anything related to the curse, he is also an actual doctor. We see Hatori taking care of both Somas and Tohru Honda. He has a good heart, as well as a good bedside manner. He may not be the most emotional of people, but I think this trait suits him well for his profession.

Dr. Tofu

Dr. Tofu is from Ranma 1/2, and he’s the doctor that the Tendo family and Ranma go to see if they get sick or receive an injury. Dr. Tofu is a good medical doctor, and he’s also got some impressive skills as a martial artist. However, he does have one weakness… Kasumi Tendo. Whenever she comes over the Dr. Tofu’s clinic, he becomes extremely nervous and klutzy. Dr. Tofu is a good doctor, but if you see Kasumi walk through the door of the clinic, it’s best to come back and see the good doctor another time.

Tony Tony Chopper

He’s the cute little blue-nosed reindeer from One Piece who serves as the doctor for the Straw Hats. After eating a Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a human hybrid, Chopper first started learning about medicine from Doctor Hiriluk. After Hiriluk passed away, Dr. Kureha continued Chopper’s training. Chopper may be shy when he first meets people, but he’s a good doctor. Unlike Hatori Sohma, who doesn’t show a lot of emotion, Chopper gets very emotional after he becomes attached to someone. While he’s usually able to control his emotions while treating patients, he has a hard time during the Punk Hazard arc when Mocha eats all of the candy that has been used to poison the children. Chopper can’t contain his emotions even while treating her.

Tsunade

Tsunade is one of the three legendary Sannin in Naruto and is renowned for her skills in medical ninjutsu, as well as for her brute strength. Tsunade suffered the painful losses of her younger brother Nawaki and her lover Dan during the Second Shinobi World War. With these losses, she developed haemophobia and left the village with Dan’s niece, Shizune, as her apprentice. After some serious convincing from Jiraiya and Naruto, Tsunade returns to the Hidden Leaf Village to not only serve as the Fifth Hokage, she also returns to practicing medical ninjutsu. She later takes on both Sakura and Ino as apprentices. The audience first gets a glimpse of Tsunade’s abilities when she performs an extensive operation on Rock Lee that allows him to continue as a shinobi.

Anime Spotlight: Fruits Basket The Final Season

Fruits Basket The Final Season is the third and final season of the Fruits Basket reboot anime. The season was produced by TMS/8PAN and was directed by Yoshihide Ibata. The episodes of the third season of the Fruits Basket reboot anime aired on Japanese television from April 6-June 29, 2021. As of this writing, both Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment hold the North American rights for the series.

Most of the season ups the drama and revelations. The tension builds very quickly and the “feels” start happening in the third episode, but those “feels” continue to build over the next few episodes. I had nearly cried for three episodes, but then episode six finally broke me. This is the episode where Tohru realizes that Kyo is starting to replace her mother in her heart, and where Kyo talks with Tohru’s grandfather and learns more about Tohru and her life after her father died. But the kicker for me was the conversation that Kyo and Tohru had near the end of the episode.

But this is also the season where the zodiac members’ bonds begin to break with Akito, starting with Momiji. It was interesting to see the reactions of the zodiac members whose bonds break early on in the season, because their reaction isn’t what one would necessarily have expected. Instead of feeling happy that the curse is lifted, there’s a sense of sadness. But it makes sense when it’s later articulated that these characters are afraid they’ll lose the connections they’ve made with the other zodiac members since they no longer have this bond in common.

Another strong focus of this season was on Akito’s descent into madness, and on some of the things she does in order to try to keep her hold on the bonds she has with the zodiac members. She does something awful to Kureno, and also attempts to do the same act to Tohru. But the event at the cliff jolts Akito into a kind of “wake up call.” While this event leads Akito into an arc of redemption, it was refreshing to see at least one member of the zodiac articulate the fact that they can’t truly forgive Akito for the various things she’s done over the years. I thought this was a very realistic way for this particular character to react, and it also makes it clear that Akito’s previous deeds can’t simply be “whitewashed.”

The third season finally establishes various couples that have been hinted at throughout the course of the series, but there are also some relationships that remain vague. Unfortunately, since there were only 13 episodes for Fruits Basket The Final, there wasn’t enough time to include everything from the manga that would help explain some of the relationships that are hinted at in the final episode. I was disappointed that the backstory of Tohru’s parents wasn’t touched on during Fruits Basket The Final, but after the final episode aired, it was revealed that this story would get its own spin-off anime in 2022.

In the end, though, I think that the Fruits Basket reboot anime did a great job of bringing the entire Fruits Basket story to life in an animated format. It wasn’t perfect, of course, especially with some scenes that had to be skipped near the end in order to fit the story in the 13-episode runtime of the final season. For anime-only viewers who want the extra details, they can chase down the manga if they so desire.

This Fruits Basket reboot anime has been a part of my life for the past two years, and I can’t believe that it’s finally come to an end. I have no regrets about the time I have put into watching and writing about this series.

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Infinifan, Inc. Expands Partnership With FUNimation Entertainment With Fruits Basket, Tokyo Ghoul, and Trigun Licensing Deals

Infinifan, Inc. is adding three more FUNimation Entertainment licenses to its anime catalog: Fruits Basket (2019), Tokyo Ghoul, and the classic series Trigun. The announcement was made over the July 4, 2021 weekend to coincide with what would have been Anime Expo weekend. All three new properties will have Mochibi product lines, as well as a new plush keychain line called Clippits. Both product lines are currently in development, and a release date window will be announced within the coming months.

Mochibi are officially licensed, super-soft, super-cute stylized versions of popular anime and gaming characters, and the perfect size for squeezing- approximately 6″ x 5″. Featuring embroidered faces, and quality materials and printing, the “comfort” plush are both highly detailed and collectible.

Infinifan has previously partnered with FUNimation to develop Mochibi for My Hero Academia and Dragon Ball Z, and continue to add to these product lines, as well.

Fruits Basket The Final Season: Episode 13 – “See You Again Soon”

The episode opens with Kyo and Tohru going on a date to a zoo, with Hanajima and Uotani tagging along as chaperones. Hanajima and Uotani are teasing Kyo and giving him a hard time about the location for the date… until Tohru speaks up and says it was her idea. At one point, Tohru goes to the bathroom, and Uotani and Hanajima talk to Kyo about him taking Tohru away. But, as the only real people Tohru has around as family, they give their blessing to Kyo.

We also get to see Yuki talking with Manabe, and the audience learns that Yuki has decided to go to a college that’s far away from where the series is set. Machi shows up, and she has no problem punching Manabe in the face when he says something that annoys her. A little later, we get a scene of just Yuki and Machi together, and it’s when Yuki gives Machi a key to his new place. Their interaction here is sweet, and this starts the ball rolling for seeing characters getting ready to see Tohru and Kyo off.

There’s a brief mention of graduation, and then the remainder of the episode focuses on various characters. In many of these scenes, we not only get to see their reactions to Kyo and Tohru’s departure, but we also get hints as to what the future holds for them. And it’s also established through dialogue between Kisa and Hiro that Shigure’s house will soon be empty (Kyo and Tohru are leaving together, Yuki is heading away to college, and it’s assumed that Shigure is moving back to the main Soma estate to be with Akito).

But one of the most important scenes that takes place here is Yuki having a private conversation with Tohru, and finally admitting to her that he’s viewed her as a mother. And something Yuki says here reinforces a comment that Kyo had made to Tohru earlier in the episode. And there was a nice touch at the end of this scene… when Yuki calls Tohru by her first name for the first time.

I should mention that throughout the episode, there are flashbacks that various characters have of various events that happened throughout the series. It really hit me when I saw the flashbacks from the very early episodes of the series just how much Tohru, along with the other characters, actually looked like they had changed and matured over two years’ time. It’s been readily apparent with some of the characters, such as Momiji, but it wasn’t as easily noticeable for Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki. The three of them just looked so little in those earlier scenes, and it helped to visually solidify the time that has elapsed, as well as the maturing that the characters have gone through over the three seasons of the series.

The final scene is a time skip to the future, at a point where Tohru and Kyo are now grandparents. We see their granddaughter, who is holding a stuffed cat and a stuffed rat toy in each hand, looking for her grandparents. Not only is this scene a great way to show the audience that Tohru and Kyo are still together after all these years, the appearance of the girl’s father is a reference to Fruits Basket Another, the sequel manga series for Fruits Basket.

Even though it can be argued that this episode wasn’t entirely necessary and feels more like an epilogue, I appreciated being able to see what the future holds for Kyo and Tohru, as well as getting hints and ideas of what the future may bring to the other characters the audience has come to know throughout the series.

I still can’t believe that this Fruits Basket reboot anime is now over. It has been a part of my life for two years, and I can truly say that I will miss watching this series. But it has recently been announced that a spin-off anime of some kind, which will feature the backstory for Tohru’s parents, is in the works and is expected to premiere in 2022. Not only do we have an explanation as to why this never appeared in the main Fruits Basket anime, but this news also gives fans of Fruits Basket something to look forward to next year.

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The Official Fruits Basket Website Reveals a New Anime About Tohru’s Parents

The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga has announced that the series is getting a new anime in 2022 titled Kyо̄ko and Katsuya’s Story. The anime will focus on the backstory of Tohru’s parents Kyо̄ko and Katsuya, which the 2019-2021 series did not adapt. The website did not list the format or length of the anime.

The three seasons of the Fruits Basket reboot anime adapted Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga. The adaptation has an entirely new Japanese cast and staff from the previous version, as per Takaya’s request. The anime covers the entire manga’s story.

Source: ANN